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Chocolate Valentine Cheesecake

I asked Mr ND what he would like for Valentine‘s Day, he wanted a chocolate cheesecake.  To make it Valentine inspired I cut a little heart out of the middle with a cookie cutter and filled the space with raspberry jelly.

Serves: this is a small cheesecake for two to share or in our case, all for Mr ND!

Prep time around 20 minutes
Cooking time – 40 minutes plus cooling

Ingredients

125g Chocolate Digestive biscuits
45g unsalted butter, melted
50g double cream
300g soft cheese
1½ tablespoons cocoa powder
1 medium egg
40g golden caster sugar
1 tablespoon of fresh orange juice
plain chocolate grated for decoration

Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
Method

Line a 15cm springform tin with baking paper, I find springform easier to release cheesecakes intact!

– Place the chocolate digestive biscuits in a food processor and whiz up until crushed.  Add the melted butter and stir into the crushed biscuits, press into your baking tin.  Chill until your cheesecake filling is ready.

– Place the double cream, cream cheese, cocoa powder, egg, caster sugar and orange juice into your food processor and whiz up until smooth.

– Pour the mixture onto the biscuit base and bake for 40 minutes.  Put a bowl of hot water into the oven too on a lower rack, the steam from the hot water will keep the cheesecake moist.

–  Turn the oven off after 40 minutes and leave the cheesecake in the oven to cool for abour an hour or so then place the cheesecake in the fridge to cool further.

– Decorate with shavings of chocolate to your heart’s content.

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Lebkuchen – We Should Cocoa

Lebkuchen, a traditional soft German biscuit, has been a part of my Christmas from long before I can even remember.  My Oma would send over packets of Chocolate Lebkuchen and Pffernussen for our Christmas treats.

I have been buying Bahlsen Lebkuchen for years but for the last couple of years I have found it increasingly difficult to find them so have decided to try my hand at making my own.  The recipe from Woman and Home looks the most authentic one looking at the list of ingredients, except I am leaving out the mixed peel & crystallised ginger.  I am most looking forward to dipping them in chocolate!

I’m entering this blog post into the we should cocoa monthly challenge hosted by The Chocolate Teapot  and Chocolate Log Blog – this month it’s to make something with chocolate and cinnamon.

Lebkuchen – adapted from and inspired by Woman and Home Recipe.

Ingredients

250g plain flour
75g ground almonds
2 tsp ground ginger
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves
pinch of ground nutmeg
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g honey
75g butter
150g plain chocolate

Method

1.  Combine the flour, almonds, spices, cocoa powder, baking powder and
     bicarbonate of soda into a medium sized bowl.


2.  Melt the butter and honey in a pan over a low heat, stirring until the
     butter melts.

3.  Pour the honey butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well to
     make a stiff dough.  Chill if the mixture is a touch sticky to work with.

Heat your oven now to 180 C/160 C fan/gas 4.


4.  Shape the dough into small golf ball sized balls.  Place on a lined
     baking tray, well spaced apart, I used my macaron pans, I love my 
     macaron pans.  Flatten each one to make a round biscuit.


5.  Bake for about 15 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.


6.  Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a bowl over simmering
     water, heat gently.  When melted dip the biscuits into the chocolate then
     leave to cool again on a wire rack.

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